Shoestring

July 9th 2015

Today I am starting to get a bit more excited about my euro-trip that starts in 5 weeks time. I spent most of my morning reading through a book my mum bought me called ‘Europe on a Shoestring’ which is apparently the complete cheap travel guide to Europe. 

So I went through it and read about all the incredible places that I’ll be visiting and I started to get more excited than I have been. 

I’ve not been excited because it still doesn’t yet feel like it’s happening. It feels like it’s not real. I’ve got so much to do before I go that I can’t yet think about the actual going bit. 

I have to fund it, I have to plan it, I have to prepare for it. And I’ve sofar done none of those three things. But I’m getting there. I’m starting to take my preparations a bit more seriously. 

The goal I’ve set myself this week is to plan the route that we’ll be taking, and roughly work out how long we’ll be in each place, and by that I can work out at what (calendar) time we’ll be in each place. So reading through this book today I knocked off a couple of the places that I’d written down, but I did end up adding two. 

I asked a few people on Twitter who are nationals of countries like Holland Belgium if they have recommended places to visit, I think that’ll be helpful. And there are forums, and websites and blogs that I can read to get more information. 

At this point I can’t afford to go, and I don’t even have a passport, so I’m finding it hard to get really really excited. 

Until tomorrow, I’m getting there. 

Jacn

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4 thoughts on “Shoestring

  1. Ines Hayward says:

    Good luck with your travels!
    I live in Holland and I’m planning on doing the same thing as you. I have hardly any money saved up right now but I’m using things like couchsurfing to help especially if you’re on a tight budget and you want to get to know the locals of each place you’re staying at.

    1. fillingmyblanks says:

      Thank you! You’re right, the best way to get to know the place is to ask the people that live there. So couch surfing is definitely a good idea for that, and cheap too. I hope you have a great trip!

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